Tesla Stock Price and Forecast: Why is TSLA going up?

  • Tesla has finally followed our bullish call and keeps going higher.
  • TSLA stock now targetting the next $850 resistance.
  • Tesla stock showing up as overbought on the RSI.

Tesla's (TSLA) stock price has finally pushed higher in a series of steady and sure moves. We had nearly given up on our bullish call with Tesla stock as it kept struggling around the $800 level. Eventually, it did the job though, proving once again the old adage that the more times a level is tested, the more likely it is to eventually break. The catalyst was the close above $800 on Tuesday when Tesla closed at $805.

Our call on Monday: "Give the stock one last chance and stick with our bullish call so long as Tesla stock remained above $781." This it did, and by Tuesday we had the confirmation and our call has worked out nicely since.

Thursday saw another steady gain with Tesla shares pushing on to a high of $820 before closing at $818.32. The gain of 0.89% was actually an underperformance versus the S&P 500, which closed up 1.71%.


Tesla 15-minute chart

Tesla key statistics

Market Cap $802 billion
Price/Earnings 422
Price/Sales 28
Price/Book 35
Enterprise Value $756 billion
Gross Margin 22%
Net Margin


52-week high $900.40
52-week low $379.11
Average Wall Street Rating and Price Target Hold, $704


Tesla (TSLA) stock news

The most significant piece of current news flow is a price target increase from US investment bank Jefferies, which raises the price target for Tesla to $950 from $850, a nice even $100 raise there. Jefferies raises the volume estimates for Tesla in 2022-2023 to 1.3-1.7 million units. Tesla will release Q3 results next Wednesday, October 20. Analysts expect earnings per share (EPS) of  $1.49 on revenue of $13.37 billion. The results are after the market closes.

Tesla (TSLA) stock forecast

We stuck with our bullish call when Tesla shares were struggling to hold above $800 and have been rewarded. We remain bullish on the stock in the short term, but we need to keep an eye on some important factors. First, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is showing as overbought now for Tesla. The last time it did this was back in January when it topped out at an all-time high. So a bit worrying. Also, Tesla is approaching the top of our trend channel, which has been working so well since May. However we remain bullish, because the trend is clearly up, Tesla is above the 9-day moving average and the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) has moved into a bullish signal. We would however be using a trailing stop or perhaps take some longs off the table ahead of next week's earnings. How much of the good news is priced in and how will the market react if Tesla mentions chip issues or supply chain problems? This is another concern. If Tesla gets to $850, there is decent volume resistance at that level.

FXStreet View: Cautiously bullish. 

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